Week 4 DQ 1 · Refer to the James Bond Meets The 7 Layer OSI Model Web site as an example of an analogy describing

the OSI model: http://www.lewistech.com/rlewis/Resources/JamesBondOSI2.aspx · Post your response to the following: Imagine you are a wireless network contractor and you are meeting with a potential client over lunch to discuss the possibility of setting up a wireless network in the client’s building. She mentions that she has heard of the OSI model but does not fully understand it and asks you to explain it to her. She has limited technical background. How would you describe the OSI model to somebody like this potential client who does not have a technical background? Come up with an analogy, if you wish, that will help clarify your explanation. Note: If you decide to use an analogy it should be original and not based on the example provided. · Respond to your classmates by acting as though you are the potential client. Critically review their explanation and ask for clarification, more detail, or examples. Provide positive and constructive feedback or identify points with which you agree or disagree.

I don’t have a really good analogy for this but I always think of peeling away layers of an onion (the more your peel the deeper into a system you can go and closer you get to more sensitive systems) or how one may travel in a car from one point to another, Layer 7, Application: The Application layer provides services to the software through which the user requests network services. Browsers such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome are considered an application layer Layer 6, Presentation: This layer is concerned with data representation and code formatting. This shows how data is represented and formatted for a user. Think of a car and how you want it to be, what kind, is it fancy or classy or just simple? Layer 5, Session: The Session layer establishes, maintains, and manages the communication session between computers. This is like making a call while having to turn and old crank to keep the power going in order for the call to continue. Or turning on the car and pushing the petal to maintain speed Layer 4, Transport: The functions defined in this layer provide for the reliable transmission of data segments, as well as the disassembly and assembly of the data before and after transmission. You can think of driving a car down the highway, while keeping aware and checking for obstacles and obstructions to keep a journey continuing without interruption or corruption.

Layer 3, Network: This is the layer on which routing takes place. The Network layer defines the processes used to route data across the network and the structure and use of logical addressing. Think of this as driving once again but using a map or similar device to get from point a to point b in the easiest matter. Layer 2, Data Link: As its name suggests, this layer is concerned with the linkages and mechanisms used to move data about the network, including the topology, such as Ethernet or Token Ring, and deals with the ways in which data is reliably transmitted. Just as you need gas and a tuned engine in the car to be able to drive and maintain to continue on a journey. Layer 1, Physical: The Physical layer's name says it all. This layer defines the electrical and physical specifications for the networking media that carry the data bits across a network. This could be considered as the actual physical car used for traveling.

the data to take from one computer to the other. Think of this as if you were having your car transported to the track, once again. The driver has to map out a way to the track. The data link layer ensures that the data is formatted correctly so data can be properly moved from one computer to another. To put this into an analogy, think once again of your car being transported to the track. To ensure the car gets to the track in mint condition, the driver and you must ensure your car is tied down correctly and securely so that the car does not fall off, swivel from side to side, etc. while in the trailer. The physical layer is responsible for all of the actual specifications in a network to ensure data is properly transmitted from one place to another. To put this into an analogy, think of when you are building a performance motor for the car – you have to ensure you have the correct parts on the car, so to speak.

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